In the last two to three days, several patients with vomiting and/or diarrhoea caused by Norovirus (previously called the winter vomiting virus) have attended the A & E department at Noble’s Hospital without being advised to do so. In most cases the attendance at A & E was not necessary. Vomiting and diarrhoea caused by Norovirus is highly infectious and the virus has caused major outbreaks in many hospitals leading to ward/hospital closures. To prevent this, it is important that patients with vomiting and diarrhoea and their carers observe the following:
1. Please do not visit A & E at Noble’s Hospital, Minor Injuries Unit at Ramsey, MEDS or your GP surgery. If you need medical advice contact your GP / MEDS (out of hours) by phone and PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO DO SO.
2. Drink plenty of fluids and stay at home (don’t go to school or work).
3. Follow the 48-hour rule – do not resume normal activities until 48 hours after all symptoms have ceased.
4. Practise good hygiene – wash your hands, and clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces.